Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Peru – Flooding in Madre de Dios Region of Peru has affected at least 15,000 people and damaged thousands of homes. The government has declared a State of Emergency for 60 days for the region. Water and electricity services have been interrupted and around 3,000 hectares of crops damaged.

Indonesia – The flood situation in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia, has worsened over the last 2 days. As of 22 February as many as 5 people have died, 2 are missing and over 30,000 people displaced.

Brazil – Heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in parts of Minas Gerais state in Brazil during the period 18 to 21 February 2021. Two people died and 4 are missing after a landslide caused a house to collapse in Santa Maria de Itabira. Other landslides and flooding also caused severe damage in the city.

Philippines – Thousands of people have evacuated their homes after flooding in Surigao del Sur Province in the Philippines. On 22 February severe weather brought by Tropical Storm Dujuan (known locally as Auring) has so far affected 50,956 people across the 3 regions of Northern Mindanao. Over 60,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated. As of 22 February, 12,825 families or 49,236 people remained in 308 evacuation centres.

Environment

Oil Spill in the Mediterranean

A suspected oil tanker leak off the coast of Israel last week has led to Israel’s biggest maritime ecological disaster in many years, with authorities closing the country’s beaches and beginning a massive cleanup effort.

Chunks of sticky, black tar began washing up late last week. On Sunday, Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry warned people to avoid going to beaches from the country’s northern border with Lebanon all the way to the south near the Gaza Strip. Tar exposure can make people sick and irritate the skin.

The tar pollution has already affected wildlife. Volunteers rushed to rescue sea birds, turtles and fish that were covered in oily residue or had ingested oil. One species that has ecologists particularly worried is a reef-building snail called Dendropoma petraeum. As the Mediterranean Sea heats up due to global warming, the snail’s population on the Israeli coast has plummeted. That makes the species particularly vulnerable to other ecological disasters.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), authorities announced a 7th positive case of the Ebola virus.

Leptospirosis – New Caledonia

The New Caledonia Department of Health and Social Affairs reports an increase in leptospirosis cases in the first two months of 2021. From January 1 to February 21, a total of 80 cases were reported.